Once lambasted for its complexity and difficulty of use, the iDrive system is now as refined and straightforward as any fully-featured high-tech infotainment system. That's not to say it's simple, but it's no longer needlessly complex.
The iDrive controller gives access to navigation (on equipped models), smartphone-linked apps, the HD Radio-capable audio system, and much more.
Standard features on the X5 include a 10-way power-adjsutable driver's seat with memory; reconfigurable/folding seats for cargo and passenger arrangements; dynamic cruise control; and speed-sensitive power steering.
Some of the optional upgrades available with the 2012 X5 include nappa leather; several choices of wood and metal trim; a wide range of upholstery colors; and high-tech add-ons like heads-up display, active steering, and more.
For rear-seat passengers, the optional six-disc CD changer, rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch screens, heated rear seats, and panoramic moonroof will add to the experience.